monitor says not supported

June 10, 2012 at 08:19:03
Specs: Windows 7
i have recently set my resolution higher than my monitor supports. it will boot fine, but when it loads windows or my dektop screen it says input not supported, i know this is because ive set the resolution higher than the monitor is capable of, but how can i set the res back lower when i can not see anything ?

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June 10, 2012 at 08:54:07
Are you using Windows XP or Windows 7? You posted this in the XP form, but in your specs you say 7.

If you press F8 immediately after the POST screen, then choose Enable Low Resolution Video or Enable VGA Mode in Windows XP this might let you see the screen. Can you see the screen now?

You've been helped by a 14 year old.

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June 10, 2012 at 09:44:09
sorry for the wrong info there..i am running windows vista, if i could figure out how to get into safe mode i would be able to adjust my screen resolution from there, i am currently on my laptop, and still cant figure out how to get it resolved...although i have not tried to use f8 yet for fear i will only bugger it up more. Pls excuse my computer ignorance. will F8 enable me to reach safe mode so that i can lower my res settings to something my monitor is capable of?

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June 10, 2012 at 14:00:50
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All LCD, LED LCD, and Plasma displays (for a PC monitor input to a TV) have a specified "optimal" or "native" resolution at which the display looks the best when set to - at all other resolutions the display will not look as good, and the text will not be as crisp and clear in Windows. However, I have found how good they look in other resolutions varies quite a bit. E.g. Samsung monitors I've seen will still look very good in most other resolutions - a lesser quality make may not.

The older your video adapter is, the less likely it is to have the high resolution settings available that recent LCD monitors specify as the "optimal" or "native" resolution, and the less likely it has to have lesser similar wide screen resolution aspect ratios (width to height in whole numbers) available. If you choose a resolution that has a standard ratio of width to height, the wide screen display will looked streched, usually horizontally, or there will be horizontal or vertical black areas (bars) on the display edges where there is no video, except when you are playing video meant for the standard legacy 4:3 format.

If you don't know what your monitor's "native" or "optimal" resolution is, tell us the make and model of your monitor. The specfic model is usually on the label on the back of the monitor.

If you cannot set your resolution to the native" or "optimal" resolution.....

- if you can choose a resolution that has the same aspect ratio, use that so the display is properly propotioned.
E.g. the same ratio - x (to 1) - when you divide the first number in the resolution by the second number.
For a 16:9 aspect ratio, that's 1.777 (to 1).

- Turn on Clear Type in Windows XP or Vista or Windows 7 - makes type/fonts on LCD screens look clearer.

You can set the resolution to a different resolution in most games in their own settings without having to change the resolution for everthing else too in Windows.

If the vifdeo in a game is too dark or too bright, the brightness can usually be changed in the settings in the game itself without having to change the brightness for everything else too in Windows.

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June 10, 2012 at 15:11:49
Pressing F8 will not damage your system. The F8 Boot Menu is designed for these kinds of situations where there is a problem and Windows can't load normally. Just press F8 after the computer maker's logo comes up and keep pressing until you see white text on the screen. From there choose Enable Low Resolution Video.

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